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posted Friday, June 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 22
Federal Court to Hold Hearing on Prop 8 Proponents' Gay Judge Witch Hunt
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Federal Court to Hold Hearing on Prop 8 Proponents' Gay Judge Witch Hunt

Save the Date: Monday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m.

(San Francisco, June 8, 2011) - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will hold oral arguments on a motion filed by Prop 8 proponents seeking to overturn Judge Walker's ruling striking down Prop 8 as unconstitutional because he has been in a relationship with another man for ten years.

Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, ACLU of Northern California and Equality California filed a friend-of-the-court brief last month arguing that the Prop 8 supporters' motion closely parallels long-discredited historical attempts to disqualify judges based on their race, sex or religion. The groups contend that the Prop 8 supporters' argument boils down to the notion that essentially no lesbian, gay or bisexual judge could impartially preside over a case involving the rights of same-sex couples - an offensive suggestion that has been consistently rejected by the courts in similar cases involving race and sex discrimination.

What: Hearing on the motion by Prop 8 proponents to overturn Judge Walker's decision striking down Prop 8 because he has been in a relationship with a man for ten years.

Where: Courtroom 5, 17th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

When: Monday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m.

Who: Peter Renn, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Western Regional Office based in Los Angeles will attend and is available for interviews.

Lambda Legal's Fair Courts Project engages the LGBT and HIV-affected communities to learn about the proper role of the judiciary, the importance of judicial fairness and the need to encourage people across the nation to take action to support an independent judiciary. When courts uphold laws and constitutional principles that protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, they often face anti-court backlash such as this latest motion by Prop 8 proponents who are seeking to have Judge Walker's decision striking down Prop 8 overturned.

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